At the moment there are different exhibitions in Europe which have something in common: Japan. This time we present you some exhibitions with the main focus based on Japan. So let’s have a look, what’s going on in European museums!
Bundeskunsthalle | JAPAN’S LOVE FOR IMPRESSIONISM. From Monet to Renoir.
Let’s start with Bonn. The exhibiton of Karl Lagerfeld finished in september. Right now, there is a new fantastic exhibition. Over 100 first-rate works by French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, such as Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Pissarro, Cézanne, Signac, and Bonnard to name but a few who make up the core of the show. This selection is supplemented by impressive works created by Japanese artists before 1920, who, inspired by the French artists, developed paintings in the Western style, thus paving the way for modern Japanese art.
#until | 21. February 2016
#museum | Bundeskunsthalle
Museum für Fotografie | Pale Pink and Light Blue. Japanese Photography from the Meiji Period (1868-1912)
In Berlin you can see something special, photographies of the Meiji Period. The exhibition features 200 images from the most important commercial-photography centres in Japan. The display opens with works by Ueno Hikoma and Uchida Kuichi from Nagasaki, followed by work by Yokohama-based photographers Felice Beato, Baron Raymond von Stillfried-Rathenicz, Adolfo Farsai, and Kusakabe Kimbei, as well as Ogawa Kazumasa of Tokyo. The show offers a comprehensive survey of the major themes and stylistic devices of the Meiji Era. The featured works range from ethnographic typologies and staged genre scenes to artfully stylized portraits, nature studies, and architectural photographs. They form a canon of photographic travel shots, intended for visitors on a Far-Eastern ‘Grand Tour’ as souvenirs of their trip for universities and colleges back home, or as visual records to bolster and fuel the exotic imagination. Geishas playing and dancing to the shamisen, samurai, sumo wrestlers, kabuki actors, temples in Tokyo, or Nikko, or on Mount Fuji embody the stereotypes of the paradisal land of the cherry blossom that had been widely perpetuated in the West since the 16th century. The photographs exploit these clichés. At the same time, they often seem to cast doubt on the authenticity of the depicted experience.
#until | 10. January 2016
#museum | Museum für Fotografie
Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln | ALL ABOUT GIRLS AND TIGERS. Leiko Ikemura
Leiko Ikemura was born in Japan, but she has been living in Europe for over 40 years. She studied in spain. Her works created in Switzerland and Germany are part of the western culture. The artworks of Leiko Ikemura show the unmistakable Japanese roots. 200 objects of Leiko Ikemura are confronted with different artworks of the museum’s collection.
#until | 31. January 2016
#museum | Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln
Museum Gugging | art brut: japan – schweiz.!
Have a look to Switzerland. The exhibition at museum gugging will display not only the ‘stars’ of Japanese Art Brut, such as Shinichi SAWADA, but also new works which have never been shown in Europe before: fine and delicately-cut paper works from Yuki FUJIOKA, drawings by Yu FUJITA, Shinichi KUSUNOKI, and booklets from Takuma UCHIDA. museum gugging will thus be able to provide a unique show, and the field of Art Brut will be enriched by an inter-cultural dialogue.
#unitl | 22. May 2016
#museum | Museum Gugging
Museum DKM | Shin Hanga – Japanische Landschaften
Shin Hanga is an art movement: new woodcut prints of the 20th century. The exhibiton presents paintings by Sven Drühl. Drühl arranges, combines, puts things together, tears apart and deconstructs his artwork. – Art from Korea, China and Japan is part of the DKM collection in Duisburg. I have never heard about this collection, but it seems to be very interesting.
#until | 10. January 2016
#museum | Museum DKM
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art | Yayoi Kusama
From Duisburg to Denmark – most of you may know the Louisiana. The exhibition in the north of europe unfurls the whole of Kusama’s life’s work: from early watercolours and pastels to her ground-breaking paintings and sculptures from the 1960s, psychedelic films, performances, installations and political happenings in the 1960s and the early 1970s, as well as shedding new light on works from the 1980s, after the artist’s return to Tokyo. Also on show exhibition are several of Kusama’s recent installations, and a series of new paintnings by the 86-year-old Kusama, created especially for Louisiana’s exhibition. The exhibition is the first Kusama retrospective to take into account the artist’s interest in fashion and design but also includes several important works from her early period that have never before been exhibited.
#until | 24. January 2016
#museum | Louisiana Museum of Modern Art